Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deer in Headlights Review & Giveaway

 Deer in Headlights
Staci Hart

Release Date:
February 13, 2013

Promise Socks Publishing


Review Copy Provided*

Reading Level:

What do the Greek gods do when they're bored? Because they're always bored, so humans are the perfect players in their games.
Aphrodite owns love; she hasn't lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia. Apollo is on a mission to win. He's counting on it to finally get the one woman he's never been able to have. The two gods will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can't get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And Aphrodite couldn't have that.
Lex and Dean are perfect for each other, they just don't know it yet. Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a brooding, beautiful rock star. Lex is always with a man, but she'll never fully give herself up. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can't make it work, no one can.
The gods have their own drama. Apollo killed Aprhodite's mortal love - they've got beef that's been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to pick a fight, and trying to get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, Aphrodite's best friend, is the one person who Aphrodite shares everything with.
Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, gain power, and make a mess with humans.

Teaser Sentence(s):
'"...When he was alive, he was always stealing my glory. What is the modern phrase you use?"
"Stealing your thunder. Zeus loves that one."
"Yes, I suspect that he would."'

My Thoughts:
Deer in Headlights has 3 of my guilty book pleasures: Greek gods, a guy in a rock band, and a romance story full of angst. So, it's safe to say I really enjoyed reading this book.
There are two stories in this book. One story is mainly focused on Aphrodite-or Dita-and Apollo. Most all the main gods of Olympus live in a mock Luxury New York apartment, so you get plenty of interaction between the others such as Ares, Persephone, Hermes, and even Zeus and Hera. But the main focus is on an ancient feud between Apollo and Dita.
The rest of the book follows the lives of Lex and Dean. Dean is a damaged guitar player and lead singer for the band 'Paper Fools'. Lex is dating the drummer, Travis, when she enters Dean's life. Their path to try to be together is full of stumbles thanks to Apollo and Aphrodite's competition. If they end up together Aphrodite wins and continues her 3,000 year long winning streak. If Apollo wins he is granted one favor from Aphrodite, and he has been trying for centuries for this chance.
I really enjoyed both stories. If your guilty book pleasures are similar to mine then I think you would enjoy this book. It is definitely a book for adult readers. Some of the scenes did get a little smutty, so be warned.

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Author Staci Hart 
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom; she has three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife; even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f, ends with k, and there a uc in there. Just saying. From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics. But let's be honest, she's mostly writing.

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*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my post/review. I was not compensated in anyway.

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